Do I need a bone graft before I can get dental implants?

Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant Procedure?

If your dentist has recently suggested dental implants, then you are sure to have plenty of questions. Fortunately, the implant process is relatively straightforward. In layman’s terms, your oral surgeon is going to replace the root of your tooth with a medical-grade metal post. This metal post will be drilled into your jawbone for stability. Over a few months, your bone will integrate with the post. Then your surgeon will be able to place an abutment and crown, giving the appearance of a completely natural tooth. Some patients might first need a bone graft though.

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When do I need an extraction

When Do I Need an Extraction?

Studies show that approximately 60% of all Americans experience some level of fear-related distress before a dental visit. Whether it is anxiety over their sub-par dental hygiene routine or a full-blown phobia of dental work, knowing what to expect and understanding the decision-making process can help to give patients a sense of control when they enter their local dentist’s office. Deciding if you need an extraction can add to that anxiety.

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What Causes a “Gummy” Smile and Can You Fix it?

You know what they say, “You are never fully dressed without a smile!” So if you are insecure flashing those pearly whites, you may feel like you are missing something to make you as confident as you can be. For many years, patients have looked to correct their “gummy” smile with Dr. Kao in order to achieve a look that makes them confident. For more information on correcting a “gummy” smile with the expert periodontist in Los Angeles, contact Dr. Kao today.

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Foods to Avoid After Your Dental Implant Procedure

After even minor trips to the dentist for routine check-ups, you may be instructed to avoid eating to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible. With more serious procedures, you may be instructed to not eat for a short period of time and then to only eat very soft or liquid foods for up to 7 days following treatment. This standard is important to maintaining the dental implants you’ve just received, as any deviation from the soft food diet could result in a malfunctioning implant.

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